| Management Decisions - Requiring Paid Sick Leave
by Vicki Shabo and Tim Muma - Feb, 2014
A handful of states are passing laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave for employees. It's been a hotly debated topic in recent years with a number of factors playing a role. Vicki Shabo is the Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families and she tells Tim Muma why employees need to be given the benefit of paid time off for illnesss. She also explains the positive results for employers that come...
| Economy Class - January 2014
by Bill Holahan and Tim Muma - Jan, 2014
We're taking an in-depth look into the issues Americans are facing in this economy, trying to give people greater insight into these uncertain times. Economist and UW-Milwaukee Emeritus Professor of Economics, Bill Holahan, talks about why the United States' economy is struggling and what steps can be taken to move forward. Economy Class is a monthly foray into the details of the U.S. economy and how it is affecting busines...
| Executive Decisions - Leading Like a Woman
by Marla Tabaka and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
With women only making up 15% of boards with Fortune 500 companies, there's been a leveling off of upward movement for females. That's led many to wonder why this has happened and if a different frame of thinking would help. Marla Tabaka, an individual with 25 years of corporate, start-up and entrepreneurial experience, opines to Tim Muma that women need to lead like, not their male peers, but women. She discusses what's preve...
| Life vs. Work - Managing Caregivers (Pt. 1)
by Mara Levin and Tim Muma - Feb, 2013
Economic situations continue to make aspects of business and employment more difficult for both individuals and employers. An area that has seen an increase in concern and awareness in recent years deals with employees who are caregivers in their homes. Tim Muma is joined by Mara Levin, Partner and Co-Chair of the employment practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP, who analyzes the escalated consciousness of caregivers and their pl...
A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Careerist Self About What Really Matters
by Karen Vitale - Mar, 2013
It’s a classic Catch-22—with a careerist twist. When facing big decisions early in your career, you don’t have tons of real-world experience to draw upon. And by the time you’ve actually racked up a decent supply of workplace wisdom, you may feel like you no longer need career advice. If only career tracks came with fast-forward and rewind buttons. (Or a blue police call box, for those who like to time travel in style.) Wh...
How to Walk Into Your Boss’s Office With Confidence and Walk Out With a Raise
by Katie Slater - Mar, 2013
It’s the holy grail of negotiating for yourself at work—walking into your boss’s office and knowing you will come out with a raise. It is actually possible. And no, there isn’t a magic phrase or action. It takes more than minimal effort. But putting in the time to understand what it takes, and then doing it, will get you that raise. Understand your workplace’s financial dynamics Long before you walk into tha...
How Your Parents Could Cost You a Promotion
by Ben Drake - Feb, 2013
Did your parents ever tell you that if you work real hard and keep your head down, the rest will take care of itself? As far as career advice goes, that’s B.S. You’ve been at your job for a little while now. You love the company; you enjoy your job. You’ve worked really hard, mastered your current post, and exceeded all expectations…Yet you are still overworked and underpaid, your boss thinks Jimmy in the cubicle next-...
5 Hidden Effects of Stress
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2012
Stress, a response that has evolved in humans over hundreds of thousands of years, is something we working professionals tend to take for granted. We have to wake up in the morning – every morning – commute to an office, accomplish any number of tasks while proving our overall value to the organization, contend with a multitude of factors that are beyond our control, and arrive home in time to eek out some semblance of a pers...
Networking Choices that Change You
by John E. Kobara - Aug, 2012
What you choose changes you. We are confronted with many choices everyday. We select when to get up, what we wear, eat, and what we do. We decide what our priorities are, what needs to be done and who are our friends will be. While we can sometimes feel that life happens to us, we choose many of the details. Possibly the most important thing we do is decide where our attention is placed. What we listen to, look at, and und...
Career Coach: Advice for blushers and job hunters
by Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell - May, 2012
Managing a difficult co-worker Q:I have a co-worker in another office who often scolds me via e-mail and adds additional names to the “cc:” line. It is not as embarrassing as it is annoying. How do I approach her tactfully to put an end to this? A: E-mail is often used inappropriately. It is definitely not the best forum for delivering bad or uncomfortable news. The e-mails often escalate back and forth and then the issu...
How to Answer Questions About Underperforming Co-workers
by Bonnie Lowe - Apr, 2012
A new subscriber recently asked me how to respond to this type of interview question: "What would you do if a colleague was not pulling his weight?" Note: since the question is worded with "colleague" and not "employee" or "subordinate," I'm going to answer this as it would apply to a NONSUPERVISORY position. There are generally two management styles that determine how employers want their people to handle such situati...
Would You Marry Someone Who Was Unemployed?
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2011
According to a recent survey conducted by YourTango and ForbesWomen, 75 percent of women surveyed said they would not marry someone without a job and 65 percent said they wouldn’t get married if they were the one who was unemployed. But 91 percent of single women said they would marry for love over money. Huh? Some of the other survey stats intrigued me as well including: • 55 percent of women would give up their careers t...
Should You Tell Your Boss You Are Pregnant?
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2011
I recently had my second child, and so lately I’ve been a bit more active on birth boards, or online discussion forums related to pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing. One question that pops up all the time on these boards is: “should I tell my boss I am pregnant, and if so, when?” I’m not going to beat around the bush on this one. Although we’re lucky to have the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which states that emplo...
Ladies, Still Underpaid and Overlooked? Start “Knowing Your Value” with Mika Brzezinski
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2011
Women have seemingly limitless career opportunities. If we’re smart enough, tough enough, and driven enough, we can get where we want to go. But will we get paid for our value? Women have different career obstacles to overcome, in most cases, then men. The most challenging is often ourselves. Mika Brzezinski unplugged Her new book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth, is an amazingly ope...
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